Cardiff Capital Region Skills Partnership (CCRSP) is excited to announce the appointment of two new Regional Skills Partnership Managers, who will work through the Employment and Skills Board to drive the delivery of a broad range of activities. Both Richard Tobutt and Huw Wilkinson have a wealth of experience operating across the skills landscape in Wales and anticipate building on the positive relationships already in place with employers, providers and key stakeholders across the region.
In terms of skills delivery, Welsh Government is committed to a regional approach. Three Regional Skills Partnerships (RSPs) operate across Wales (North, South West and Mid and South East) who are tasked by Welsh Government to produce and analyse labour market intelligence, advise on future prioritisation of skills funding and represent regional interests when informing a demand-led skills system. The Cardiff Capital Region Skills Partnership (CCRSP) fulfils the role of the RSP across South East Wales and covers 10 Local Authority areas.
The CCRSP has been established to bring people together to promote strategic and collaborative decision making in relation to skills. The work of the CCRSP is shaped by the Employment and Skills Board and chaired by Leigh Hughes, CSR Director, Bouygues Construction UK. Through the Board, representatives from business and providers of education and training come together to share their knowledge and understanding of the sectors they represent to ensure the region is well placed to respond to skills-related challenges.
In late 2019, the CCRSP launched its Employment and Skills Plan 2019-22 as a three-year vision for the region. The Plan has been developed in consultation with key stakeholders and will be used to inform and influence Welsh Government on its planning and funding of post 16 learning to help ensure a demand led skills system and to increase productivity and prosperity across the region. Leigh Hughes, chair of the CCRSP states, “We believe our plan sets out the actions needed by a wide range of partners to address the skills gaps and shortages that are a barrier to growth across the Cardiff Capital Region”. A full bilingual copy of the Employment and Skills Plan can be accessed here: www.ccrdata.wales.
Over the next few weeks, the CCRSP will be launching its annual employer survey. This will provide an opportunity to share views about the challenges and issues that you have experienced around skills, training and workforce development in the last 12 months. Your participation is invaluable and your feedback will help the CCRSP to better understand the landscape across the region and ensure priorities are aligned to the needs of industry. Make sure your voice is heard!
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